Mansfield screenplay writer up for prestigious film award

A scene from the film What Richard Did which is released on 11th January
A scene from the film What Richard Did which is released on 11th January

A WRITER from Mansfield who’s worked on The Bill and Shameless has received an award nomination for his script in a top Irish film.

Former All Saints School pupil Malcolm Campbell is up for Best Screenplay at the London Evening Standard British Film Awards for 2012.

Lenny Abrahamson’s ‘What Richard Did’ is also up for Best Film alongside blockbusters Skyfall and Les Miserables.

The film, which follows a group of Dublin teenagers through the summer between the end of school and the beginning of university, was premiered at the Toronto Film Festival last Year.

It was released in Ireland in October and hits English screens, including Nottingham’s Broadway, on Friday.

Malcolm (39), formerly of Perlethorpe Avenue, off Chesterfield Road South, studied a film degree at the University of Stirling after attempting a career in journalism.

He said: “I knew I could write and started writing screenplays. I wrote everyday.

“Within six months I got an agent which was the big break and I started getting work.”

Malcolm, a dad-of-one and huge Stags fan, got an opportunity to write scripts for the Bill about 16 years ago then for Shameless and Skins. He won a BAFTA for the interactive TV and online drama ‘L8r’.

He moved to Ireland and got the chance to write for Abrahamson. It was Malcolm’s work on Skins, a drama about troubled teens, which made him ideal for What Richard Did.

Malcolm spent three years working on the film script film which is loosely based on a true story.

He said: “It’s a ‘state of the nation’ piece, a character story, very intriguing. The lead actor is sensational.”

It has already won Irish Film of the Year for 2012.

The Evening Standard Awards are in February.

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